Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by Fat Controller, Jun 30, 2018.
What is this?
Thanks - harmless I presume?
They're supposed to taste nasty to birds, but our hens like them. I only find them on rhubarb/blackberry leaves.
Ta - that one was on a train, so no hens about
People also call them stink bugs, but I've handled a few in my time and I never smelled any foul odours.
They come in green as well.
The jury's out on whether they do harm or not. One or two wouldn't be a problem but hundreds of the almond-smelling green ones constitutes an invasion to be repelled at all costs. The tinkers hide in the washing too
We have them here but if they can.. they do like to get in your home but they're soon on the death wish list
@pete Those are the Martian ones
There are quite a number of different shield bugs, they are sap suckers. Many of them secrete a foul smelling yellowish liquid when disturbed/handled, this can linger on the fingers for some time.
They're not harmful to people, as Nigel said, they suck sap and so they can harm your plants and trees. I saw an Australian guy on youtube take a DIY flamethrower to his citrus trees as it was invaded by a larger variety of shield bug they get out there. Tree was fine after that btw but the bugs dropped off it in no time.
There are so many different kinds depending on what plants you have I think we all get them in our gardens.. British Bugs Gallery Pentatomoidea - Shieldbugs
I've never found them to be a problem.
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